Quotation by H.L. Mencken

One is conscious of no brave and noble earnestness in it, of no generalized passion for intellectual and spiritual adventure, of no organized determination to think things out. What is there is a highly self-conscious and insipid correctness, a bloodless respectability submergence of matter in manner—in brief, what is there is the feeble, uninspiring quality of German painting and English music.
H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880–1956), U.S. journalist, critic. "The National Letters," from Prejudices: Second Series, ch. 1, p. 16, Knopf (1920).
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